Ligue 1 resumes on August 23

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The start of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships has been set for August 23 and 22, respectively, according to minutes from the Professional Football League (LFP) Board of Directors released online.

“Beyond the final dates of the competition days, after consultations with the broadcasters, the start of season dates can be set on August 22 for Ligue 2 and August 23 for League 1”, indicates this document, relayed by media.

The LFP explains that it is a provisional calendar, pending announcements by UEFA which since its last meeting, has not provided new information on the positioning of UCL (the League champions) and UEL (Europa League) for the 2020/2021 season or the conditions under which the end of UCL 2019/2020 should end.

Under these conditions, executive director Didier Guillot said that the 2020/2021 general competition calendar can only be finalized after the UEFA Comex, which is now scheduled for June 17.

On April 30, after activating the definitive end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Didier Guillot had indicated that the League wanted to start the following season “at the latest” on August 22 and 23.

Among the major championships in Europe, France is the only one where the end of the season has been finalized, at the government’s injunction. The Bundesliga resumed last weekend and the Liga is due to restart the week of June 8. Discussions are continuing in Italy and England.

The minutes of the League further explains that “the programming of the finals of the League Cup and the French Cup is still awaiting more precise information from the Government to consider the conditions of their organizations”.